Bay baseball Yellowjackets show considerable depth
BAY - Compared to the 10 players that filled the roster last season, Bay has considerably more depth this season with 21 players on the roster.
"Baseball in Northeast Arkansas is very good," said Bay baseball coach Mark Manchester. "In our region we've got six teams that could be state contenders. (There is) not an easy day. Everybody is so good. It will be hard to win every day. We expect to have a good season."
The Yellowjackets have eight starters returning. The team certainly won't be lacking in experience on the mound.
Junior catcher Brett Hogan leads the returning starters hitting over .400 last season and in Legion ball during the summer, according to Manchester.
Left-handed junior Davey Webb will lead the Jackets on the mound. "We expect him to be a legitimate No. 1," Manchester said of Webb.
Right-handed sophomore Bart Hogan will also be returning to the mound. "He knows how to pitch," Manchester said.
Brett Hogan is one of the hardest throwing pitchers in the league but has to learn a little more control, Manchester said.
Robby Bollinger has good control and will improve throughout the season, according to Manchester.
Returners Sye Barnett and Tom Birdsong and freshmen Will Scott and Josh McMasters will complete the pitching staff.
Webb and Michael Moon will cover first base. Barnett will be covering second base. Bollinger will be handling shortstop duties this season. On third base will be Bart Hogan, Scott and Moon. Third base has been a problem in the past, Manchester said. Birdsong will handle leftfield with Michael Nix in the centerfield and Ryan Prince in the rightfield.
Other players who will see time in the outfield will be Kellen Gage, Scott, McMasters and Zach Walker. Seth Southard will play some at second base.
In their first game of the season against the Piggott Mohawks, Bay defeated Piggott 12-2. The Jackets scored five runs in the first and seven in the second in the five-inning game. Webb was the winning pitcher on the mound giving up one run in two innings. Bart Hogan pitched two scoreless innings. At the plate, Brett Hogan had two hits and four RBI.